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Goodbye 2015, Welcome 2016

Posted in Time for Change with tags , , , , , , , on 1 January 2016 by misselisabethuk

 For my first post of 2016 I have decided to look back on my 2015 posts and pick out some highlights and share these with you.

So to start, here are links to the posts which for me have been my turning points in 2015:

Cakes, cakes and more cakes… – during 2015 I decided to try out some new hobbies and one of these was cake decorating.  I felt that this was a life skill that once I knew how to do would be with me forever.  I really enjoyed the learning process, which inspired me to make a 40th birthday cake from scratch.

Photography: A Different Perspective – the birth of my practical interest in photography (15 September 2015). I set up a website, linked it to my Twitter and Facebook accounts and have not looked back since.’s website’s Twitter’s Facebook

Three little geese… – this was my most successful post of 2015. As part of the Weekly Photo Challenge ‘Trio’, I was amazed when I started receiving comments and got 47 likes for this photo which I took on the Paddington canal, London. It showed me the power of being part of a community of like minded people.

And finally it would be remiss of me not to thank every single one of you who liked, commented or purely visited my site in curiosity or for inspiration in 2015.  I wish you all a truly special 2016 and know that I have exciting things planned for 2016 which I can’t wait to share with you.



Oh wooh wooh six pack….

Posted in Time for Change, Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , on 14 September 2013 by misselisabethuk

Ok so the exercise plan is not going so well…

The last two weeks have been soooo busy at work, time constraints have meant that the exercise plan has gone on the back burner.

The plan, however, is still alive and normal service will resume…  In the meantime I will leave you with the following thought:

The Shard

Some say the sky’s the limit, I say it’s just the beginning of the journey!

It’s the start of my ‘Get a six-pack plan’..

Posted in Time for Change with tags , , , , , , , on 29 August 2013 by misselisabethuk

Exercise…. and the start of my ‘get a six-pack plan’…. and besides I have a suitcase of clothes to get back into!

My motto – slow and steady wins the race (well for now anyway).

Day 1 – (24 August 2013)

Cross Trainer – 3 mins
Stomach Crunches – 25 middle, 20 left, 20 right, 20 middle
Plank – 15 count (x4)

Day 2 – (10 St 9 lbs)

Cross Trainer – 3 mins
Stomach Crunches – 20 middle, 10 left,10 right
Barbells (2.5kg) – Right arm: 20 bicep curl, 20 side bicep curls (not sure of the name of these), side hold 20 count, forward hold 10 count.  Repeated with Left arm.
Plank – 15 count (x2)
Squats 10, held 10 held (x2)
and knee dips x15

Day 3 –

Couldn’t bear any more stomach crunches today, they are sore!
20 minute walk (x2) and some vigorous tile removal and waste clearance

Day 4 – (Work out music courtesy of Skid Row)

Cross Trainer – 6 mins
20 minute walk (x2)
A day of scrubbing and lifting

Day 5 – (I decided to go for an evening workout instead of a morning one today)

Cross Trainer – 6 mins

I am sooooooo unfit!  Oh and weak too when it comes to yummy food.  ARGHHH!

Changes… they come in all shapes and sizes

Posted in Time for Change, Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , on 2 June 2013 by misselisabethuk

Changes come in all shapes and sizes, they do!

Sometimes expected, sometimes out of the blue,

Sometimes welcome, sometimes not,

Sometimes a few, sometimes a lot,

But change is needed to help us grow,

You know…

An amalgamation of week 21 and 22 due to time pressures of a productive kind but thought I’d also share with you a little off the cuff poem as an extra treat for your patience.

Well it’s been a busy couple of weeks.  Since I last posted I have had a revolutionary music lesson, where my ideas of music creation/writing have once again been ignited.  I had a really positive networking event, linked with my day job, which re-united me with some old and introduced me to some new contacts.

I failed miserably at a ten-pin bowling party and realised that you can’t expect to come back into something years on and still have the same edge as you previously had.  I should have had a secret practice before hand for my own self esteem but still the event was fun and we all had a good laugh.

I started another creative project this week which I’m hopeful will get off the ground this year, time permitting of course.  A bit more research and then some late nights and hard work will be required but if you are passionate about something you need to find that bit of extra energy and/or time to make it happen.  Right?

That is exactly what one of my friends has done, check out his new iPhone/iPod Touch game – Jet Point:

Well my friends I will leave you with that thought and wish you all a fabulous weekend, stay safe and enjoy the changes presented to you 🙂

2013 : The start of something amazeballs…

Posted in Time for Change, Weekly Wonderings with tags , , , , , , , , , on 5 January 2013 by misselisabethuk

Morning all,

So, here’s to the start of one of my resolutions for 2013, to write a weekly blog.  This is challenging for me on many levels.

It requires commitment, scheduling, focus and regular ideas.  Previously I had been a fair weather blogger, or blogged as and when the ideas hit me or time permitted but what is different with this challenge is that I am going to dedicate a specific time in my life to do this on a regular basis, for a whole year (2013).

Making time for something I had previously considered a luxury and a self-indulgent hobby now becomes a part of my ‘everyday’ life.  Quite a commitment considering the other things I need to cram in to my busy life, however, one I think important to follow for 2013.

I decided to schedule in Saturday mornings as my ‘time to blog’.  I am a morning person so this is when I am fresher to give 100% focus to this kind of task.  Please do watch out for my postings and please comment and share your experiences on any of the disciplines I am signing up to by taking on this task:  “commitment, scheduling, focus and regular ideas”.  Of course you are welcome to chat to me on any subject that you wish…

As I sit here listening to the classics on Radio 2 (yes Radio 2, it gets you in the end!) I contemplate what to write about in my first weekly blog and I guess the most obvious topic is 2013 and how it will differ to 2012.

2012 for me was another challenging year with changes aplenty but I realised towards the end of the year that a number of opportunities were lining themselves up for 2013 and although 2012 was a year with some difficult personal growth issues, my direction was actually becoming clearer.  The people I had met, the relationships I had forged, the opportunities I had pursued and the obstacles I had overcome were leading me to a new phase in my life.

I have always believed that we are the sum of our experiences and I had always considered myself to be on the naive end of the scale when it comes to life, but actually I had learned an immense amount over the years and hadn’t realised or given myself credit for it.  I believe that everyone you meet will teach you something, so my other realisation for personal growth was that networking is key to your personal development.  If this theory of learning something new from everyone you meet is true, then meeting lots of people increases your opportunity for learning significantly.  Go talk to a stranger today, you never know you might have something in common!

I put this into practice in 2012 and enrolled as a mentor on a mentoring programme with the Aspire Foundation and was matched with a complete stranger who had signed up as a mentee.  The Aspire Foundation is a charity organisation who aims to positively impact the lives of 1 million women and girls by 2015 – It’s been one of the highlights of my 2012, the feeling of positively supporting someone with their work/life goals has been greatly rewarding and a friendship has also been formed, an unexpected bonus.  A friendship which wouldn’t have existed had I not been prepared to take the opportunity to give some of my spare time to a stranger!

To summarise, the only way you are going to understand the world better is by living in it and talking to its inhabitants.  There is great power and enjoyment in forming alliances and learning from them.  Also by giving your support, benefit of experience and free time can make a huge difference to someone and you too will benefit in ways you never thought you could.

As possibly one of the longer blogs I have written to date, I should stick with the programme and end my first blog for 2013 right here.  It’s been enjoyable and emotional.  Please do leave me your comments as I like to hear what you have been doing….

Until next Saturday (or before if I get an idea..) I bid you adieu and hope you have a great weekend!

Orange-faced Girl

Posted in Time for Change with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 24 November 2012 by misselisabethuk

Hey girl!  You are young, with beautiful clear white skin, so why do you wear that mask of orange?

You must have been brain-washed by all these make-up ads telling you to wear the make-up of make-up artists, and such like.

But no make-up artist are you.  So lacking in make-up skills that the stroke marks from the brush you used to apply your foundation are still clearly visible.  Did you apply it in a dimly lit room without a mirror?

Your friends, who are they?  I need a word with them!  How can they let you walk around like that?

I stood and watched as the young smiley girl approached a group of hoodied teenage girls who sat on a park bench.  She was greeted with warmth.  She had friends.  I was relieved.

Although still a little confused as to the war-paint look, I carried on walking, past the group of girls on the bench.  As I did, I then understood.  A group of orange faces peered out from their hoodies as I walked past.


Question:  Have you ever followed the crowd to fit in?



Another year older….but another year wiser?

Posted in Time for Change with tags , , , , , , , on 29 September 2012 by misselisabethuk

It’s a time for reflection when you mark yet another year of your life has passed on your calendar.

Certainly an opportunity to look at where you are going and what you have achieved.  Some people do this at the end of the year and make new years resolutions to set their goals and aims for the coming year.  Others only look at their lives when there’s a significant life event such as a death or birth and some people never assess their lives at all.

I for one am a regular reviewer of my life’s journey and find it amazing that when you look at the events that have happened to you, you realise that actually your routine life of the same ‘day in day out’ monotony has actually been eventful, exciting, challenging and rewarding.  It’s easy to take daily life for granted but when so many wonderful things are happening around you, you should take the time to be more aware.

Over the last year I have grown in ways I could never have believed possible (apart from a little weight gain – it’s true) thanks to the people I have met along the way.  I have been inspired to take different routes which at the time seemed more risky but which actually returned bigger rewards.  To really develop yourself you need to push your boundaries, which of course will feel uncomfortable at first but trust me.

After a period of coaching from a work colleague I started to realise what my life was all about and I started to get some clarity and direction for myself.  I had been through a huge period of change in my job and at times thought I couldn’t go on to live a meaningful life, worthy of all the things I had and took for granted.

The coaching got me to see that I had something really important to give, to contribute to others and that I had the power in myself to reach the goals that I thought were never possible.  I also needed to look at things in a different way to produce a different result.

The emphasis I previously had of ‘doing a good job will get you recognised’ was not enough to promote the qualities I had.  Networking and helping people were as valuable a commodity as being very hard-working.  In fact, it’s been through networking that I have gained the most opportunities rather than all the hard physical work I had put into my role.

What does this show?  Well to me it proved that not only do I get personal achievement from working hard and getting the job done, I also need the networking aspect to my life, another thing which I very much enjoy but had backed off from as all my energies were being channelled into the ‘working hard’ part.

The personal growth over this period has been so great that I am now a mentor (not a mentee) via the Aspire Foundation ( , something I thought would never be possible.  The life path I am now on is far more rewarding, exciting and challenging than I thought it would have been a year ago and I am also helping someone to reach their potential too, what could be better than that?

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my coach who remains a huge inspiration to me – Thank you!

I hope you all have a great day and remember we can all learn something from every person we meet, so go out and start networking!

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